Among a host of features on Maplan GmbH's molding machines at K, the "Smart light" on its tie-bar machines is a multi-colored indicator light system with alarm sounds. They provide information on the current operating status, as well as readiness to start the cycle, or whether it is safe to reach in to the area on the moving mold half or on the injection side. A visual countdown indicates the remaining vulcanization time on the Maplan machine via a vertical color gradient is particularly practical. The new smart light is designed to provide clear visual signals even from a distance, across the production halls of today's elastomer processors.
Take 5: Machinery
Developments on display in Rep International's G10 range include two new product lines of rubber injection molding machines, G10 Core machines—presses with all core functionalities, tailored to uncomplicated processes. They are available in the mid-range category (160 to 500t). A V410 Core is being presented at K2016. The unit is equipped with a Rep-patented injection unit, a sturdy and ergonomic closing unit and a powerful process-control, bearing CE-certification.
To meet industry 4.0 challenges, Rep International is presenting a new app and software package called Rep Pack 4.0 including Rep Net 4.0 and Rep Net App, the fourth generation of the RepNet supervision software and its mobile app. Made up of 11 modules, Rep Pack 4.0 allows for real-time monitoring and workshop modelling, centralized management of mold settings, productivity calculations, statistical process control and other functions being demonstrated at the booth.
Highlights on the UTH GmbH stand at K include its latest advances in gear pump extruders and strainers for the tire, rubber and silicone industry. The displays include gear extruders and gear pumps where high working pressures of up to 800 bar can be applied. UTH also is highlighting its ability to supply complete lines as a system solution for the manufacture of rubber-coated wire, yarn or fibre components.
At the K 2016, Fridingen, Germany-based Desma is touting material savings as a feature in the form of the company's latest cold runner systems. The new FlowControl E-Drive cold runner with servo-electrically actuated shut-off nozzles enables the filling process of each nozzle to be triggered individually via the mould internal pressure sensor and the cavities to be evaluated during the vulcanizing cycle. The article can be fitted with an individual QR code with assigning all process and setting parameters including the mould, other aids and the compound batch by using the integrated laser station.